Louisiana Tech receives gift from Eastman Chemical Company Foundation for engineering and science education building

Nov 19, 2010 | Engineering and Science

Calling it an investment in Louisiana Tech’s people and facilities, Mark Bogle, vice president and general manager of Texas Operations for Eastman Chemical Company, presented Dr. Stan Napper, dean of Louisiana Tech’s College of Engineering and Science, with the first major corporate gift in support of the university’s proposed integrated engineering and science education building.
Members of Eastman’s Texas Operation’s Leadership Team and 29 staff members, who are alumni of Louisiana Tech, joined Bogle to make the presentation in Longview, Texas.  Bogle made the point that the alumni present at the presentation represent nearly 20 percent of Eastman’s engineering population.
“At Eastman, we believe that quality education is the cornerstone to a stable society and the foundation for a stronger workforce,” Bogle said.  “A large percentage of our contributions are dedicated to universities, colleges and innovative educational initiatives.  We continually place an emphasis on the importance of science, technology, engineering and math for future generations.”
Bogle commended Louisiana Tech for its ongoing commitment to partnering with students, faculty, staff, alumni, employers, corporate partners and citizens to “strengthen the quality of their programs while continuing to work even harder at building engineers and scientists for tomorrow.”
In accepting Bogle’s gift, Napper said that while the College needs new space to effectively teach in 21st Century style, Louisiana Tech is not going to change its values or its 115-year tradition of providing a high-quality undergraduate engineering education.
According to Bogle, the Eastman Chemical Company Foundation is funded entirely by the company and works to make a difference in communities by supporting culture and the arts, civic and community projects, health and human services and education.
Written by Catherine Fraser –